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Obama Admin to Force Businesses to Give Gay Partners Unpaid Leave

Tuesday June 22, 2010 Obama Admin to Force Businesses to Give Gay Partners Unpaid Leave By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The White House announced Monday that they would expand the definition of a 1993 federal law, with the result that many employers in all 50 states would be forced to extend family and medical leave to homosexual partners. Pro-family advocates, however, are denouncing the policy as blatant illegality, saying that it clearly contravenes the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). A current law known as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) stipulates that […]
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USCCB Official Disputes Cardinal George’s Criticism of Sr. Keehan and CHA

Wednesday June 23, 2010 USCCB Official Disputes Cardinal George’s Criticism of Sr. Keehan and CHA Commentary by Deal Hudson June 23, 2010 (InsideCatholic.com) – Last week, when the USCCB meeting in St. Petersburg coincided with the Catholic Health Association summit in Denver, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) ran several stories based on the testimonies of bishops attending the meeting. One of these stories got a great deal of attention. In it, Cardinal George castigated Sr. Keehan and the CHA for attempting to set up a “parallel magisterium” by defying the bishops’ opposition to the recent health care legislation. That same […]
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U.S. Bishops Back Phoenix Bishop in Nun Excommunication Abortion Case

By John-Henry Westen WASHINGTON, June 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Doctrinal Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published a document this week to clarify misunderstandings about the case of an abortion that took place in a Catholic hospital in Phoenix.  A media frenzy erupted in May after Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted announced the automatic excommunication of a nun who contributed to the decision to go ahead with the procedure. The nun in question, Sister Margaret McBride, had claimed that the abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother, who was suffering from pulmonary hypertension. However, while various media gave […]
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Supreme Court Says Names on Washington Pro-family Petition Remain Public Domain

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the organizers of a 2009 referendum to repeal Washington State’s civil unions law, saying that the state’s public disclosure law does not violate the U.S. Constitution by making the petition names public. However, the Court said that the pro-family advocates could ask for special protections if they proved that the public availability of their names would lead to political reprisal. The high court voted 8-1 to reject Protect Marriage Washington’s (PMW) appeal to keep secret the identities of those who signed a petition to […]
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Fed Appeals Court Green Lights Suit Against HHS over Funding Embryonic Research

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Overturning a lower court ruling, a federal appeals court has told adult stem-cell researchers that they have standing to fight guidelines allowing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem-cell research. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its decision Friday, finding that doctors doing adult stem cell research have 'competitive standing' to sue. Therefore, the court reinstated the doctors' federal lawsuit, filed last summer, that seeks to preliminarily enjoin and ultimately overturn the controversial guidelines for public funding of embryonic stem cell research that the National Institutes of Health issued on July […]
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Wisconsin Court Tells Lesbian: Legal Adoption, Not ‘Nurturing,’ Gives Parental Rights

By Peter J. Smith MADISON, Wisconsin, June 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled against a woman seeking joint custody of her former lesbian partner’s adopted children, saying that only legal adoptive status, not years of caretaking, provide parental rights. The District 4 Court of Appeals ruled against a woman identified in court documents as Wendy M., who was seeking legal guardianship of two children whom her partner, identified as Liz K., had adopted from Guatemala. “Wisconsin law neither provides for joint adoption of a child by an unmarried couple, nor permits same-sex couples to marry.  Thus, gay […]
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Criminal Complaint Against Telemed Abortions Filed With Iowa Attorney General

DES MOINES, IA, June 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Operation Rescue (OR) has filed a formal complaint with the Iowa Attorney General's office asking for a criminal investigation of a remote-controlled push-button Internet abortion pill scheme operated by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland known as “telemed abortion.” Earlier this year OR investigators found that a dozen small Planned Parenthood offices in Iowa were administering the dangerous abortion drug, RU 486, without the patient having been personally examined by a physician. Instead, an abortionist briefly addresses abortion patients through a teleconferencing hook-up from her office in Des Moines. After explaining the medical abortion […]
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Lawmakers Seek Probe of Obama Admin Push for Pro-Abort Kenyan Constitution

Tuesday May 11, 2010 Lawmakers Seek Probe of Obama Admin Push for Pro-Abort Kenyan Constitution WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A federal probe into whether the Obama Administration broke federal laws by promoting a proposed constitution that radically changes abortion policy in Kenya has been requested by three high ranking lawmakers with congressional oversight responsibilities. In a letter to Inspectors General of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Government Accountability Office, Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) said: “Kenya’s new proposed constitution, which will be […]
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Michigan Bishop Withholds CCHD Funds

Thursday June 17, 2010 Michigan Bishop Withholds CCHD Funds By Patrick B. Craine GAYLORD, Michigan, June 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Another United States bishop is taking precautions in light of continuing allegations that the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty arm, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), is funding groups that support abortion and other activities contrary to Catholic teaching. Bishop Bernard Hebda of Gaylord, Michigan has decided to delay sending funds to CCHD from the 2010 collection while the organization is under review, LifeSiteNews has learned. Candace Neff, communications director for the Gaylord diocese, emphasized that the bishop has not […]
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Black Minister Forms PAC to Break Dems Party’s ‘Death Grip’ on Black Community

Thursday April 22, 2010 Black Minister Forms PAC to Break Dems Party’s ‘Death Grip’ on Black Community WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr., retired attorney and Harvard Law graduate, is declaring political war on the Democrat Party and the liberal Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the pro-life leader announced this week. Bishop Jackson, who has fought for pro-life and pro-family causes for 25 years, formed STAND AMERICA PAC on April 1. The committee aims primarily to recruit and support conservative black candidates to run against liberals in Congressional Black Caucus districts. “The black community has been […]
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